Taking care of an AO victim (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)
Hanoi, (VNA) – The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) Central Committee convened a conference in Hanoi on December 15 to review its performance in 2016 and set tasks for 2017.

Addressing the event, VAVA President Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh said that in 2016, the association marked the 55th anniversary of Agent Orange/dioxin (AO) disaster in Vietnam and improved its operations.

It implemented support policies for victims, while raising nearly 270 billion VND, building 529 houses for victims, granting 786 scholarships, supporting employment and presenting gifts to thousands of victims, noted Rinh.

He underscored that in 2017, the association will focus on reforming the organisation and operation at all levels.

The association will advise and coordinate with relevant agencies to implement the Party Central Committee Secretariat’s Decree 43-CT/TW on strengthening Party leadership in overcoming consequences of chemicals sprayed by the US army during the war in Vietnam.

It will also work to increase resources for supporting AO victims, said Rinh.

During the conference, the VAVA selected an additional four members to its Central Committee, while presenting 29 certificates of merit to individuals and collectives with outstanding performance in supporting AO victims in 2016.-VNA